Activities requiring an A19 permission

Use this information if:

  • you’re applying for an A19 permission
  • the operation of the temporary plant is limited to a maximum total operating time of 12 months within any 3-year period.

This is for activities involving temporary on-site treatment of industrial waste generated at the site.

What you should include in your A19 application

You should complete and attach the following documents in the upload section of the online application. We may also ask for additional information while assessing your application.


Understand permit conditions

An EPA permit has standard conditions attached. These outline the legal obligations of the permission holder. They set up a framework for risk management, record keeping and reporting. Referring to them may help you understand the risks and risk management controls you need to demonstrate in your application:

A19 permit conditions (Temporary onsite waste treatment)

How to prepare and submit an application

How to apply for a permit

Relevant guidance

This guidance may inform your state of knowledge but does not define it. State of knowledge is all the information you should reasonably know about managing your business's risks.

Environment Protection Regulations 2021

Assessing and controlling risk: a guide for business (publication 1695)

Reasonably practicable (publication 1856)

Industry guidance: supporting you to comply with the general environmental duty (publication 1741)

Waste classification assessment protocol (publication 1827)

Sampling and analysis of waters, wastewaters, soils and wastes (publication IWRG701)

Soil sampling (publication IWRG702)

Interim position statement on PFAS (publication 1669)

Waste classification assessment protocol (publication 1827)

Waste disposal categories - characteristics and thresholds (publication 1828)

Reasonably practicable (publication 1856)

Liquid storage and handling guidelines (publication 1698)

Management and storage of combustible recyclable and waste materials – guideline (publication 1667)

Guide to classifying industrial waste (publication 1968)

PFAS National Environment Management Plan 2.0

WorkSafe Australia Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice

Waste disposal categories – characteristics and thresholds (publication 1828)

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Reviewed 23 November 2021